Heritage High beats Paloma Valley for City Bragging Rights

Heritage High School football players celebrate at midfield with the Menifee City Championship trop...

Heritage High School football players celebrate at midfield with the Menifee City Championship trophy.
When it was over, Jamal Morrow was all smiles.

"We've been in that situation before; it didn't faze us," the senior running back said about the Heritage High football team's comeback from a late deficit against crosstown rival Paloma Valley Friday night. "That's when it's winning time."

That's exactly what it was for the Patriots, who rallied from a 13-10 deficit with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat Paloma Valley 24-13 before a capacity crowd at Marion Ashley Stadium.

Ashley himself presented the city championship trophy at midfield to the Patriots, who overtook a strong Paloma Valley team with a solid ground game in the final period.

Heritage running back Sione Takitaki picks up a first down
in the fourth quarter.
Morrow, who already had rushed for more than 1,300 yards coming into the game, gained 227 more and scored two touchdowns Friday night. That helped the Patriots improve their season record to 7-1 and kept them in first place in the Sunbelt League with a 3-0 mark.

It wasn't easy, however. Paloma Valley (6-2, 1-2) took a 13-10 lead